Cheney caught napping at emergency cabinet meeting
Vice President Dick Cheney was caught dozing off on live television during an emergency cabinet meeting called on Wednesday to coordinate federal efforts to deal with the devastating California wildfires. "I believe the effort is well-coordinated," President Bush told reporters after the meeting, emphasizing that his administration is working to avoid the mistakes made with Hurricane Katrina.
Cheney was previously spotted napping in April 2006, during a press briefing by President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao. Although he insisted he had merely been looking down at some notes, photographs clearly showed him asleep, and there was speculation that he might be preparing to step down for medical reasons. Cheney was seen sleeping again during a meeting on Iraq in May 2006.
As one local Washington station suggested, "Perhaps even the vice president needs a power nap once in awhile."
The following video is from ABC's Good Morning America, broadcast on October 25, 2007.